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Wessex Film and Sound Archive

Nature and Wildlife

This video features the work of Ron Eastman of Whitchurch, Hampshire. He was commissioned by the BBC Natural History Unit to make a number of wildlife documentaries for television, and also produced films for other organisations like the RSBP and BP. The 'Web of Life' films feature local habitats for plants and wildlife and show species indigenous to the South of England.

1. Web of Life

The Living River - filmed mainly on the River Test, in the Whitchurch area, and on the River Bourne, featuring a wide variety of river life, birds and plants.
BP/BBC; 1972; Colour; sound

2. Web of Life

The Living Woodland' - filmed in and around Whitchurch, Hurstbourne Park and Hungerford, showing the trees, plants, insects and wildlife in the woodlands.
BP/BBC; 1974; Colour; sound

 

This video features the work of an unknown amateur cameraman - possibly Dr T M Bell of Bournemouth - who used a good knowledge of nature and wildlife in the New Forest to produce three reels of silent colour film, featuring some charming aspects of the life and habitat of that area of Hampshire, 1959-1965.

Notes were provided with the films, and they were both allowed to be copied for the Archive by their owner Mike Tye, to whom we are most grateful. Captions based upon these notes have been inserted between scenes in the films, for information and ease of identification.

 

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